Work From Home: Design Your Space for Success


When the pandemic hit, millions of Americans found themselves working from home – for many, it was the first time. Business owners like Uprighter Willow Hill, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Scout Lab, made the choice to have the team go fully remote in order to ensure their safety. And in fact, many US companies are now saying they will allow or even encourage work from home even after a vaccine is found. However, the shift from the office to the home is much more than a mere location change. Some of the many challenges include distractions, lack of space and of course – the lack of equipment and know-how to set up a workspace that supports workers ergonomically. This translates into some serious challenges – from finding it more difficult to be productive to worse posture (which 34% of respondents to an Upright survey have reported). Do you find yourself missing your office chair? You’re not alone. According to our survey, 29% of respondents miss theirs, too. We can’t necessarily help you unite with your chair but we have accumulated some recommendations for a more ergonomically-sound, creativity-boosting and aesthetically-pleasing working from home space.

 

First, Find Your Neutral Posture

“Sheltering in place and working from home is like a ticking time bomb for ergonomic injury,” says Pricelda Cid, an economist and occupational therapist who’s founded Ergotherapy to promote healthy work environments. Most of us don’t realize but modern office furniture is built to support our neutral posture, which is the position that requires the least amount of effort for the body to maintain while engaging inactivity. At home, many of us are tempted to work from the bed, couch or kitchen table – which could be harmful. 

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